|From||"Roger Brugge" <email@example.com>|
|Date||Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:03:03 +0000|
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing (<http://www.imk-asf.kit.edu/english/397.php>), Germany, has a job opening for a postdoctoral scientist to work on development of a robust ground-based spectrometer for remote sensing of atmospheric CO2 and CH4. Background. Man-made climate change is largely attributed to the anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and CH4. The carbon cycle processes that control CO2 and CH4 concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere, however, lack quantitative understanding. Remote sensing of CO2 and CH4 concentrations from space and ground has the potential to deliver significant new insight into the relevant processes. The goals of our research group "RemoteC" are (1) to infer CO2 and CH4 concentrations on the global scale from satellite observations, (2) to develop robust ground-based instrumentation for validation of the satellite retrievals, and (3) to relate the measurements to the relevant biogeochemical processes through a modelling framework. Job description. The postdoctoral scientist will address task (2). The candidate will develop and deploy a ground-based spectrometer for measuring shortwave-infrared absorption bands of CO2 and CH4. While achieving the required accuracy, the instrument should be sufficiently robust and versatile to be operated at the optimal geolocation even under harsh conditions. Potentially interesting locations are the tropics and high-latitudes where the current monitoring network only provides sparse observations. Project planning foresees 2 dedicated measurement campaigns. In the long term, the instrument should prove suitable for monitoring networks. Tasks. - Development of a robust ground-based spectrometer for the shortwave-infrared spectral range. - Deployment of the spectrometer at campaign sites. - Retrieval of CO2 and CH4 concentrations from the ground-based measurements. - Publication in peer-reviewed literature and attendance of international meetings. Requirements. - Ph.D. in physics or a related field. - Previous experience in optical instrumentation and spectroscopy. - Good knowledge of the English language. Offer. We offer a wealth of supporting expertise on atmospheric remote sensing at one of Germany's foremost research institutions for natural sciences and technology. The appointment will start as soon as possible with an initial contract for 3 years according to salary rules for public service employees. Subject to mid-term approval, project funding will be available for 5 years. Contact. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your application as one pdf file, in German or English, including a cover letter, preferred starting date, curriculum vitae, list of publications, and contact details of 2 referees to Dr. André Butz (<firstname.lastname@example.org>). For further information please contact Dr. André Butz (<email@example.com>, phone ++49 721 608 24510). Best regards, André Butz **************************************************** Dr. André Butz Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK) Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing (ASF) H.-v.-Helmholtz-Platz 1 76344 Leopoldshafen Germany Phone: ++49 721 608 24510 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: <http://www.imk-asf.kit.edu/>
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